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Women with the highest magnesium intake had a 55% lower risk of rectal cancer
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The one-fifth of women with the highest magnesium intake -- more than 255 mg per day -- had a 55% lower risk of rectal cancer than the one-fifth of women with the lowest magnesium intake -- less than 209 mg per day -- according to a study from Sweden. Subjects
Subjects: 61,433 women aged 40 to 75 years followed for 15 years
The study, called The Swedish Mammography Cohort, followed 61,433 women aged 40 to 75 years who had never been diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the study in 1987 to 1990, and followed them for an average of 14.8 years.
Conclusion: A high magnesium intake may reduce the occurrence of colorectal cancer in women
“This population-based prospective study suggests that a high magnesium intake may reduce the occurrence of colorectal cancer in women,” the authors of the paper concluded.
Larsson S, Bergkvist L, Wolk A. Magnesium intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in women. JAMA. 2005 Jan 5, 293(1):86-89.
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Division of Nutritional Epidemiology
National Institute of Environmental Medicine
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Magnesium in Foods
Magnesium Content of Foods
A table of the magnesium content of foods is posted on the US National Institutes of Health’s website here as shown below.
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